Electric smoker shorting out (?)
March 16, 2013 8:13 AM Subscribe
The electric smoker that I was so excited about last week
doesn't work! After I plug it in, it runs for about 5 minutes before tripping the GFCI outlet that I had it plugged into. I did have it on a 10 foot long extension cord (no electrical outlets on my back porch). I assume this means there is a short somewhere?
posted by rossination to home & garden (9 answers total)
I have two questions:
1) Is it possible to fix this, or am I better off trying to find a replacement electrical smoker element? It looks like those are going to be about $50, which pushes this into the "maybe not worth it" territory for me.
2) Since the various Good Eats DIY smokers
are powered by electric hotplates, could I just remove the burned out electrical element and shove a hot plate in there?
I have a Meco smoker, which is very similar to this Brinkman model. The element looks like this